SilverStone Tundra TD02-E AIO Review

Up Close: The Radiator and Cold Plate

SilverStone Tundra TD02-E

Up Close:  The Radiator and Cold Plate

Along with the polyethylene bag that the rad comes wrapped in, SilverStone have added peel off strips to the sides of the radiator.  These as you can see are to provide extra protection for the clear acrylic panels that run down the length of the radiator on each side

SilverStone Tundra TD02-E     SilverStone Tundra TD02-E

 

The radiator measures 278x124x27mm (LxWxH) so is about abut average thickness for an AIO, but a bit thinner than the recently reviewed H100i GTX.  The radiator is connected to the cold plate assembly by two 310mm lengths of high flexibility, matt Black rubber tubing.

SilverStone Tundra TD02-E     SilverStone Tundra TD02-E

 

We mentioned SilverStone doing things slightly differently to other manufacturers.  The first and main one of these differences we see on the TD02-E is the design of the radiator fins.  Where most manufacturers use thin strips of aluminium formed back and forth between the water channels to form a long zig-zag pattern, SilverStone have opted for what they refer to as a brazing fins.  This soldered technique they claim improved contact between the fins and the water channels.  The result is a very rigid structure with the fins appearing considerably thicker than traditional ones.  It will be interesting to see whether this, and the lower than average 12FPI will have a positive or negative effect on performance.

SilverStone Tundra TD02-E     SilverStone Tundra TD02-E

 

Having seen the beautiful tubing and connections on the Corsair AIOs of late it's kind of a bump back to earth to see rubber tubing and simple connections into the radiator

SilverStone Tundra TD02-E     SilverStone Tundra TD02-E  

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Most Recent Comments

16-04-2015, 09:19:37

You_What?
Damn it, got to replace my TD02 now.Quote

16-04-2015, 09:57:53

AlienALX
Nice.

Nowhere near as pretty as the last one though.Quote

16-04-2015, 10:13:30

You_What?
Quote:
Originally Posted by Vault-Tec View Post
Nice.

Nowhere near as pretty as the last one though.
On second looks, you're right.

I knew something didn't look as good as the one I've got, its the radiator. Quote

16-04-2015, 10:21:31

AlienALX
Quote:
Originally Posted by You_What? View Post
On second looks, you're right.

I knew something didn't look as good as the one I've got, its the radiator.
Yeah that one is absolutely frigging gorgeous. On this one the rad just looks like a boggy stock one.

They've taken the alu top off too, price no doubt. The last one was quite expensive and wasn't uber performance wise but god damn it looked good.Quote

16-04-2015, 12:00:40

shambles1980
i was not overly impressed with the tundra i had. which made me get back in to custom loop water cooling.
Having said that it did cool the system. it just could not stand up to an overclocked IBT run.
And i some how doubt many if any AIO's could.
I also see they have widened the tubing compared to mine so that should be a plus.

also i dont see if it says they used copper or aluminium rad, the one i had was aluminium which would contribute to slightly worse heat dissipation.Quote
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